This is the last week of This Is the Old Testament! Next week, we’ll continue our thematic overview of the entire Bible with This Is The New Testament. Each day we’ll read a thematic selection from a different book or two of the Bible, along with supplemental passages that show how the theme of that day’s main reading is found throughout Scripture. We’ll also read a brief summary of each book and a reflection on how the book fits into the larger story of Scripture.
What Is Zechariah? This book is a record of the prophet Zechariah’s encouragement to the Jewish people to continue rebuilding the temple after it was destroyed. Zechariah also challenged his fellow Israelites to remain faithful to God, who promised them complete restoration when the Messiah brings the kingdom in full.
How Zechariah Fits Into the Story: The book of Zechariah is heavy with language of judgment, but it is also full of God’s promises. From beginning to end, the Bible tells the story of God’s redemptive plan, culminating in His triumph over evil through the cross of Jesus Christ. Zechariah’s prophecies anticipate this grand culmination of history, describing a coming glorious King, a God who triumphs over all, and a world with all wrongs corrected. These promises set the stage for God’s future kingdom, as evidenced by the quotes and allusions to Zechariah in the New Testament.
1. From today’s reading, in what ways do you see God taking action to purify His people?
2. How does today’s reading shape your understanding of the story of redemption?
Take time to reflect on your responses and share what you are learning with others in the community in the comments.